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Henrietta Reitz (1900 - 1978)

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Henrietta Reitz
1900 - 1978
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March 1, 1900
Death
May 1978
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Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California 95060
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Henrietta Reitz was born on March 1, 1900. She died in May 1978 at 78 years of age. We know that Henrietta Reitz had been residing in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California 95060.
Updated: October 3, 2011
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Henrietta Reitz died in May 1978 at 78 years old. She was born on March 1, 1900. We have no information about Henrietta's family or relationships. We know that Henrietta Reitz had been residing in Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California 95060.
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In 1900, in the year that Henrietta Reitz was born, the German physicist Max Planck formulated an energy theory, postulating the existence of "quanta," which lays the groundwork for the quantum theory of modern physics. In December, he introduced a paper on the Planck postulate which stated that E=hv - the energy of a photon is proportional to its frequency times a constant. Planck won a Nobel Prize in 1918 for his work in theoretical Physics.

In 1910, at the age of only 10 years old, Henrietta was alive when Halley's comet, which returns past the earth every 75 - 76 years was observed photographically for the first time. Two fortuitous events occurred - photography had been invented since the last time the comet had passed and the comet was relatively close. There was panic because one astronomer claimed that the gas from its tail "would impregnate the atmosphere and possibly snuff out all life on the planet." People bought gas masks, "anti-comet pills" and "anti-comet umbrellas".

In 1927, Henrietta was 27 years old when in September, the Columbia Broadcasting System (later called CBS) became the second national radio network in the U.S. The first broadcast was a presentation by the Howard Barlow Orchestra from radio station WOR in Newark, New Jersey.

In 1949, when she was 49 years old, comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

In 1978, in the year of Henrietta Reitz's passing, on November 18th, Jim Jones's Peoples Temple followers committed mass suicide in Jonestown, Guyana - where they had moved, from San Francisco, as a group. Jones was the leader of the cult and ordered his followers to drink cyanide-laced punch, which they did. Whole families (women and children included) died - more than 900 people in all.

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